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William Simpson (1823-99)

Queen Victoria at the unveiling of the statue of Prince Albert in Edinburgh, 17 August 1876 dated 17 Aug 1876

Pencil, watercolour and bodycolour | 28.2 x 42.0 cm (whole object) | RCIN 920791

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The queen chose the design by John Steell for the equestrian statue of Albert in Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, knighting the sculptor after the unveiling ceremony. The side panels of the monument illustrate scenes from the prince’s life, including his marriage and the Great Exhibition. Albert’s last public appearance took place in Edinburgh, when he laid the foundation stones for both the Industrial Museum of Scotland (now the National Museum of Scotland) and the General Post Office on 23 October 1861.